Archive for January, 2012

Jan 31

They’re tough, athletic and physical, and the players are held accountable like few in the NBA, and they respond to it.

They are the best defensive team in the NBA, leading the NBA in opponent field goal percentage defense, to many the best barometer of a top defensive team.

They’re No. 2 behind Boston in defense against three point shots …

Jan 31

When Derrick Rose woke up Monday morning, there was a chill in the air with the Bulls out of Miami and a smile on Rose’s face for the challenge of a new day. Bad news, then, for the Washington Wizards.

“When I woke up, yesterday’s game (Sunday’s loss to the Heat in which Rose missed two late free throws and …

Jan 30

Derrick Rose had a warning for the Washington Wizards Monday after the Bulls’ heartbreaking Sunday loss to the Miami Heat and Rose’s late missed free throws.

“It just makes me hungrier,” Rose said. “Where tonight I’m going to try to go crazy.”

Rose said he got encouragement from friends as the team left for Washington.

“I know if I get …

Jan 29

Yes, the Bulls Sunday lost 97-93 to their newest rival, the Miami Heat, and Derrick Rose was disconsolate after missing two free throws with 22.7 seconds left that could have given the Bulls a one-point lead.

“I’ve been in those situations before and knocked down both,” said Rose, alternately still shaking his head in disbelief and choking up at times …

Jan 29

It was excitement in the American Airlines Arena Sunday, and not just because it was Stacey King’s birthday. ESPN Magazine had 50 staffers here for a feature on the day in the life of an NBA game.

The Miami marathon was being run outside, and there was no truth than the Kenyans were chasing Tom Thibodeau to the finish line. …

Jan 28

It’s national TV; last season’s Eastern Conference finalists; the team with the best record in the conference, the Bulls; against the team most expect to win the NBA title, the Miami Heat.

It doesn’t get any bigger than Sunday in Miami for a regular season NBA game, and if the coaches don’t care to acknowledge that and the Bulls are …

Jan 28

The Bulls got a big three performance in Friday’s 107-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Derrick Rose toed the line, as it were, with a season high 34 points while Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah both had double/doubles, combining for 35 points and 29 rebounds.

So are the Bulls ready for the Miami Heat and its Big Three Sunday?

“We’re …

Jan 27

With a nationally televised marquee matchup against the Miami Heat looming on Sunday, speculation mounted this week that Bulls small forward Luol Deng could return from a wrist injury that afternoon.

However, Deng, speaking exclusively with BullsTV during BMO Harris Bank Pregame Live on Friday evening, didn’t sound very optimistic about that happening.

“It’s a day-by-day thing,” said Deng, who …

Jan 26

About that Bulls/Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals, well, uh, you might want to wait a bit.

“We believe we are one of the best defensive teams in the league,” Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel was saying after his team effectively shut down the Bulls in the second half on the way to a convincing 95-90 victory.

“They (Pacers’ players) believed …

Jan 24

Shaler Halimon isn’t walking through the door. Kornel David isn’t walking through the door. Fabricio Oberto isn‘t walking through the door.

No, the Bulls and their gaudy 16-3 record are basically going to have to go with what they have, and that includes without Luol Deng for at least a few more games.

Deng and team officials confirmed Tuesday that …

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